adelphi at COP21: Join us in Paris!


From 30 November to 11 December 2015, adelphi's experts on carbon markets, climate diplomacy, climate finance, local climate action and more were in Paris for all of the COP21 discussions, including several key events.

Following were the side events being convened by adelphi’s staff and experts:

Linking ETS and International Cooperation

The event will explore how an effective international climate framework could achieve a greater mitigation outcome than the mere sum of the individual Parties’ contributions. To this end, it will highlight why transfers of emission reduction units and linkages of international climate policy need to be part of a future international climate framework if the world is to achieve the greatest mitigation outcome at the lowest possible cost.

Saturday, 5 December 2015, 16:30 - 18:00
EU Pavilion, Hall 2, Blue Zone, Le Bourget-Paris

David Heurtel, Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Quebéc
Kevin De León, Senator, California State Assembly, USA
Gilbert Metcalf, Department od Economics, Tufts University, USA
Mary Veronica Tovšak Pleterski, Directorate European and International Carbon Markets, DG CLIMA, European Commission
Jo Tyndall, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand
Hanchung Choi, Republic of Korea
Lisa Walker, Head Environment and Climate Change, British Gas Group

Moderator: Dirk Forrister, IETA

Conveners: International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP; hosted by adelphi).

Carbon Market Platform: A Strategic Dialogue initiated by the G7 | The Low Emission Path

Germany presents the Carbon Market Platform which has been established by the G7 countries in the follow-up of this year’s Summit in order to facilitate a worldwide low-carbon development path by applying effective carbon policies and actions.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015, 18:00
German Pavilion, Hall 2, Blue Zone, Le Bourget-Paris

Welcome remarks / short presentation of the Carbon Market Platform:
Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Germany

Short key note: 
Simon Upton, Director, Environment Directorate, OECD

Panel discussion:
Franzjosef Schafhausen, Director General, BMUB, Germany
Jos Delbeke, Director General, DG Climate Action, European Commission
Francesco La Camera, Director General, Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea, Italy
Satoshi Tanaka, Deputy Director General, Ministry for the Environment, Japan
Kay Harrison, Acting Deputy Secretary, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand (tbc)
Juan Pedro Searle, Head of Climate Change Unit, Sustainable Development Division, Ministry of Energy, Chile (tbc)

Moderator: Alexander Carius, adelphi

Convener: German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building, and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

Local Action Driving Transformation

Local climate action is a multi-level challenge. This event is focusing on local pioneers and enabling frameworks and strategies at the sub-national, national and international levels. We will share proceedings of the International Conference on Climate Action (, synthesized in the "Hanover Declaration: Local Action Driving Transformation". It is highlighting the specific capacities, contributions, potentials and needs of local actors, outlining how to effectively maximize climate action at the local level. 

Thursday, 10 December 2015, 18:00 - 20:00
German Pavilion, Hall 2, Blue Zone, Le Bourget-Paris

Barbara Hendricks, Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany
Stefan Wenzel, Minister for Environment, Lower-Saxony, Germany
Henri Djombo, Minister for Sustainable Development, Forestry Economy and the Environment of the Republic of Congo
Julie Laernoes, Vice-President of Nantes Metropole and Councillor of the City of Nantes, France
Marian A. Zachow, Municipal Councillor, Region of Marburg-Biedenkopf, Germany
Mary Polak, Minister of Environment, British Colombia, Canada

Moderator: Minu Hemmati, adelphi

Convener: adelphi and the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

Climate Security and Resilience – The Way Forward

G7 Foreign Ministers agreed in April that risks of instability and conflict stemming from climate change must be effectively addressed – but how? The event will discuss potential activities by governments, multilateral institutions and initiatives.

Friday, 11 December 2015, 12:00 - 13:30
German Pavilion, Hall 2, Blue Zone, Le Bourget-Paris

Peter Fischer, Deputy Director-General for Globalisation, Energy and Climate Policy, Federal Foreign Office, Germany
Heino Van Houwelingen, Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Mediation Division, European External Action Service
Nicolas Regaud, Advisor to the Director General, French Ministry of Defence (DGRIS)
Naresh Sharma, Under Secretary, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Nepal
Hassan Patrow, Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch, UNEP
Atle Solberg, Head of Secretariat, Nansen Initiative on Disaster-Induced Cross-Border Displacement
Dennis Tänzler, Director International Climate Policy, adelphi

Moderator: Alexander Carius, Managing Director, adelphi

Convener: adelphi in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office

Media Coverage

» "Das hier ist Katastrophenvorsorge" - Interview with Dennis Tänzler, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (12/11/2015)
» "Anheizer für den Terror" - ZEIT Online (12/03/2015)
» "Der Klimawandel macht die Welt unsicherer" - Stuttgarter Nachrichten (12/02/2015)
» "Globale Erwärmung als Sicherheitsrisiko" - Interview with Benjamin Pohl, Deutschlandfunk (11/17/2015)
» "China ist mit im Boot" - 3sat (11/17/2015)
» "Warum wir den Pariser Klimagipfel in zwei Wochen jetzt erst recht brauchen" - Guest contribution by Dennis Tänzler, VICE Motherboard (Blog) (11/17/2015)
» "Starkes Signal für Paris" - Guest commentary by Dennis Tänzler, Handelsblatt (11/10/2015)
​» "China rechnet seine Klimasünden klein" - Handelsblatt (11/05/2015)